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Old 4th October 2017, 01:14 PM   #11
Insanoff is offline Insanoff  Azerbaijan
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Absolutely agree with you, guys. In the beginning I was looking for chinese DAC board to play myself.

I will get back soon.

P.S. In nature I like to complicate the things to achieve simple results. And this is probably my worth enemy in life. )
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Old 5th October 2017, 12:46 AM   #12
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Oh bummer, I better go throw away my DAC now, it was made in the wrong place again, I hate it when that happens!

That hifimediy dac looks like an ok deal for an end product that’s ready to go and all, and fairly small too. I don’t know how the “diy”part works though(?)
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Old 5th October 2017, 08:44 AM   #13
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I took a look at the first two you suggest - the first one uses AK4390 and the second a Wolfson DAC chip (didn't search for its number, most likely WM874x). Note both those are sigma-delta types with on-chip opamps. When we get to Schiit (your third choice) there's a $249 option using a multibit DAC chip. The cheaper two are using sigma-delta.

The internal DAC of your laptop is also going to be sigma-delta. Given that my suggestions are multibit and Schiit charges a premium for that tech, do you reckon my suggestions will sound like your laptop?

If you'd like to spend more, there's this one - L1543DAC 16X并联TDA1543HiFi发烧解码器 再现TDA1541模拟味道-淘宝网全球站
Note for this it doesn't come standard with USB you need to add that as an option.
I am using Muse Audio 4xTDA1543 which I find very enjoyable. That 8xTDA1543 looks nice, especially with the linear PSU. How do you see an English page of that Taobao auction? Thanks.
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Old 5th October 2017, 08:50 AM   #14
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I don't know of any English language pages for Taobao. To buy something on Taobao I recommend finding a Taobao agent - do an online search for one, there's no shortage of them.

I just did a search on Aliexpress - there's a seller of the same DAC there, slight price premium but at least its in English - New Release Finished L1543DAC 16X Sixteen Parallel TDA1543 HiFi Audio DAC Decoder Digital / Analog Input Black-in Amplifier from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
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Old 5th October 2017, 09:54 AM   #15
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Which budget USB DAC under 200USD
Right now I am using this one.

Finished WM8740 + DIR9001 DAC Board Support coaxial and USB input R25 | eBay

I prefer it over 2 of the hifimediy DAC's I have bought. Respected Ebay seller among the diy crowd. You will need a printer cable and power supply, no big deal.The seller also sells this DAC with a 220V switcher for a little more money as well.

Finished WM8740+DIR9001 DAC + Power supply with coaxial + USB input R24

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Old 5th October 2017, 12:59 PM   #16
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A friend has this:

Amazon.com: SMSL M8 ES9018 24Bit/384KHz DSD DAC Optical Coaxial XMOS USB Asynchronous decoder: Home Audio & Theater

$200 and I've been very impressed with it.

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Old 5th October 2017, 01:34 PM   #17
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Old 5th October 2017, 04:49 PM   #18
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OK. I am still learning. But at least I understood how wrong I was. DAC is really confusing topic.

I will continue my research. At the same time I would like to have something to play. I have read about TDA1543 and I have a feeling that I would love it.

What do you think folks? abraxalito do you think, L1543DAC could be a good starting point? Or maybe 8xTDA1543?
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Old 5th October 2017, 05:04 PM   #19
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Old 5th October 2017, 08:00 PM   #20
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OK. I am still learning. But at least I understood how wrong I was. DAC is really confusing topic.

I will continue my research. At the same time I would like to have something to play. I have read about TDA1543 and I have a feeling that I would love it.

What do you think folks? abraxalito do you think, L1543DAC could be a good starting point? Or maybe 8xTDA1543?
Abraxalito mentioned it earlier, but I wanted to bump it: TDA1387x8 (and here's the wiki for that dac). There's one on ebay now. Just make sure the transformers are right for your country's mains voltage.


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I just did a search on Aliexpress - there's a seller of the same DAC there, slight price premium but at least its in English - New Release Finished L1543DAC 16X Sixteen Parallel TDA1543 HiFi Audio DAC Decoder Digital / Analog Input Black-in Amplifier from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
That looks to be the same designer/maker as our tda1387x8. I need another DAC like I need a hole in my head, but... having trouble not getting one just for kicks. Abraxalito, what is your guess about how that tda1543x16 might compare to the tda1387x8? From the pics, looks like passive IV, but maybe with 16 DAC chips it doesn't matter. Makes me think of the TeraDak Chameleon, which (at least at one time) enjoyed some popularity and decent reviews.
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